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Grange is arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine and is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. Grange boasts an unbroken line of vintages from the experimental 1951 and clearly demonstrates the synergy between Shiraz and the soils and climates of South Australia. Grange utilises fully-ripe, intensely-flavoured and textured Shiraz grapes. The result is a unique Australian style that is now recognised as one of the most consistent of the world’s great wines. The Grange style is the original and most powerful expression of Penfolds multi-vineyard, multi-district, blending philosophy.
First Grange to be made predominantly from Kalimna (Barossa Valley) rather than Magill (Adelaide) fruit.
Also the first and
only Grange to use grapes from the cool-climate Adelaide Hills region in the Mount Lofty ranges in South Australia.
After the 1955, this is the second most successful Grange in Australian wine shows with four trophies and 20 gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals.
This vintage Grange is becoming increasingly rare. Bottles with good
levels and appearance are invariably drinking well.
Bottles labelled Bin numbers 59, 95, 456, 59A. One of three Grange vintages (1952 and 1953 are the others)produced in half (375ml) as well as full (750ml) bottles.
A blend of 87 per cent Shiraz and 13 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker comments by
Colour Deep brick red.
Nose A lovely aged wine with complex black berry/
Palate A n elegantly proportioned palate with prune/
mocha/dark chocoalte fruit and supple/slinky
tannins. Superb flavour length and balance.
The February 25/2012 auction of Fine & Rare Wines at Bonhams in New York and San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles, will feature a pair of exceptional and rare wines which will turn half a century old in 2012. The first bottle of the pair - a main highlight to the auction - is a rare and perfect magnum of 1962 Krug Collection (pre-sale est. $7,000-$9,000), from the first vintage produced under Henri Krug. It has been more than two years since a magnum of this wine has appeared at auction.
The other rare 50-year-old bottle of wine is an immaculate 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Kalimna Shiraz (pre-sale est. $3,000-$5,000). It has been more than three years since a bottle of this wine has been available at auction. Made by the legendary Max Schubert, this wine was #7 on Decanter magazine's "100 Wines to Try before you Die," stating:
"Made by Grange pioneer Max Schubert, this legendary wine is considered by many to be the finest Australian wine ever made. Andre Tchelistcheff, the founding father of Californian wine, instructed a room of Napa Valley to 'stand in the presence of this wine'...Not only had Schubert created 'Australia's greatest red wine,' says Halliday, 'he laid the ground for the revolution in Australian red winemaking'."